When Pat and John Janaway emailed me last week to see if I could sell their story of how they spent 50 years trying to track down Pat’s family, I thought it was a wonderful tale.
Pat was a war baby and only ever knew she was conceived in 1944 – the result of an affair her mum had with a US army officer. Her mum rarely spoke of what happened and when aged 17 Pat married John, the pair set about trying to find him.
The search that followed over the next half a century is a story in itself! Pat tells how she wrote to various authorities in the US to try to find her father. Over the years she and John sent hundreds of letters, made tens of phone calls and spent hours researching leads on the internet. All were to no avail.
By the time they went on holiday to the US they’d given up hope. But then they found a museum next to their hotel and incredibly found the photo of her dad that was to eventually lead her to finding she has eight brothers and sisters.
The couple were delighted to see their story in the Mirror today. John emailed this morning: “Thank you for the professional way you set out our story in the Mirror.”